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The Flawed Hero Mark Twain once said If everyone was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes In the novel The Cider House Rules author John Irving develops the idea of the flawed hero He takes the quote Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life or whether that station will be held by anybody else these pages must show from the pages of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens These words seemed to have a particularly strong effect on young Homer Wells who as an impressionable young orphan felt full responsibility for the direction his life would take Though Homer would turn out to be a hero to several people in the book Homers mentor Dr Wilbur Larch fills the position of hero for Homer and the people of St Clouds Hospital and Orphanage In the movie the character of Wilbur Larch is played by actor Michael Caine A thoroughly convincing doctor Caine provides a captivating performance as the eccentric Dr Larch In fact for his efforts Michael Caine won the 1999 Oscar for best supporting actor Though his character was watered down and normalized in the adaptation from print to film Caine was able to capture not only Larchs heroic devotion to his work and the kids at the orphanage but also his flaws namely his addiction to ether Michael Caine was able to become the character of Dr Wilbur Larch in essence and in accent to the point that the character came alive from the pages of the book to the film on the screen to my desk in the classroom The director also cleverly used interesting camera angles and lighting patterns to soften the image of Dr Larch which in addition to Caines acting talent allowed the viewer to forget that he was drug addict Though the movie was great as it has often been said the book was better In the book Larch though
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